Kitchen utensil question, USA edition
April 28, 2014 1:21 AM Subscribe
Need recommendations for a solid garlic press and some meat tenderizing tools
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere to Food & Drink (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
First off, the "easy" one:
I want a really nice garlic press. Completely stainless steel is ideal, no plastic of any kind allowed, and I'd prefer it to be made in the USA (I know that last option is highly unlikely.). I want to buy a super nice quality press that will still work wonderfully 100 years from now.
Secondly, I need recommendations for meat tenderizing tools. I was thinking of one of those typical mallets, but I see that they also make these kooky "bed of nails" type of things. I have no idea which I would like better, so I'm prepared to buy both. Again, stainless steel is ideal (aluminum would be a sorry second, but I'll take it if it's all I can get), plastic is not allowed. As per above, the 100 year rule applies here as well.
What I'm envisioning is making my own garlic-smothered beef poor boys using 12 inch buns of Italian bread with tenderized flank steak and swiss or provolone cheese in the middle. If there is a better cut of meat or method, I would love to hear any and all suggestions.
I'm not a wealthy person, but I prefer to save up and buy top quality tools that I won't have to worry about failing on me in the middle of my food prep rather than buy the latest piece of plastic crap from a Walmart-like store (I refuse to shop at Walmart, so I know I'm not buying anything from them.).
Also, an aside, I know about the sweet trick of squishing the garlic clove with the side of a wide knife. I still prefer to squish it through a press, though.